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  • viking-ra-deck1.jpg -   Take in the history of passing landscapes during your Nile River cruise on Viking Ra.
  • viking-ra-deck.jpg - A look at the sun deck on Viking Ra, the river ship that can glide by thousand-year-old temples, villages and stunning landscapes in the course of an afternoon.
  • viking-ra-at-luxor.jpg -  Viking Ra during a stop at the ancient temples at Luxor along the Nile River.
  • Luxor-Egypt-show - Sound & Light Show at the famed Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt.
  • Luxor-Egypt-Temple - The Court of Amenhotep III at Luxor Temple near Safaga, Egypt.
  • Nile-Egypt - Views along the River Nile.

Viking Ra: Exploring the Nile & Luxor in comfort

Health advisory: All Viking sailings are available exclusively for fully vaccinated guests. All crew members are also vaccinated.


Serenity and adventure combine in a cruise down the storied Nile River aboard Viking Ra, the river ship that debuted in 2018 from Viking River Cruises. Viking Ra (named after the ancient Egyptian Sun god Ra) can glide by thousand-year-old temples, villages and stunning landscapes in the course of an afternoon. Whether your tastes favor exploring Egypt’s great pyramids, ancient temples and colorful bazaars, or indulging in the cuisine and nightlife of Cairo, Viking Ra offers even the most seasoned traveler new opportunity to discover (or rediscover) old and new Egypt. 

This is a relatively large river ship that has gobs of space for the maximum 52 passengers on board, with roomy 290-square-foot cabins and large public spaces. Viking Ra is fitted with onboard amenities that promise sailing in comfort. Cruisers can soak in the rays in the ship’s swimming pool and whirlpool. Or wake each morning to the scenery passing by their suite’s windows.

Where Viking Ra sails

Viking Ra sails the Nile River with an itinerary called "Pharaohs and Pyramids." The 12-day trip starts with a three-night stay at a hotel in Cairo and tours of iconic sites including the new Grand Egyptian Museum, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Travelers then fly to Luxor to visit Karnak and the Temples of Luxor before boarding Viking Ra for a seven-night cruise on the Nile to Aswan and back. 

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Ship highlights

The ship features just 24 suites, all boasting premium amenities and holding no more than 52 passengers. Public spaces include a stylish outdoor deck with an infinity pool, two whirlpools and a sanctuary from the sun provided by sail-like shades inspired by local dhow sailing vessels. The interior, with a decor designed by the company's Longships designers, offers a bar lounge, restaurant and spa.


Dining is part of the journey on Viking Ra. Whether you’re sitting for a buffet lunch or multi-course dining, you can choose between Eastern and Western cuisine. Meals are prepared by expert chefs with fresh, quality ingredients.  

Features on this cruise

  • All-suite state-of-the art ship for just 52 guests
  • Sun Deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting areas
  • Pool and two whirlpools
  • The Lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Laundry service
  • No casino, of course


Ra has three types of suites, measuring 290 square feet each. The most common suite type (accounting for 20 of its 26 rooms) provides a full-size, step-out balcony (off the living room) plus a French balcony in the bedroom. All staterooms feature a large picture window and premium amenities including luxury linens, sofas, hotel-style beds, air conditioning, two flat-screen TVs (with satellite channels) and private bathrooms with showers.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Sun deck
  • Where: Viking Ra

  • What: History-filled destinations
  • Where: Karnak Temple at Luxor

Fast facts

52 Passengers [?]
38 Crew
5 Decks
2018 Maiden voyage
3,600 Tonnage [?]
614 Length in feet
92 Width in feet (max beam)
24 Balcony staterooms

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